Today I’m reviewing the Black Pearl Rojo from La Perla Habana – a cigar that I’ve probably smoked 7-10 boxes of over the years.  It’s consistently been a go-to smoke for along with some Nica Libre sticks, handy to give out or burn when you have a few minutes and just want something with a smooth draw and even burn.

La Perla Habana Black Pearl Rojo

Reviewing this one for y’all today is fairly tough given my history with this stogie, so I decided to implement a new system that may or may not make it into today’s initial post.  I’ll try though!  I want to come up with a metric that showcases the value of a cigar based on cost, experience, rivals, etc.  Stay tuned BOTL & SOTL!

I opted for the V Cut today since I’ve been punching and shuriken’ing this week.

La Perla Habana Black Pearl v cut

Initially unwrapping this bad mama jama reminded me of why I liked it so much before!  Can you see that dark, toothy criollo wrapper?  To be clear, when I say toothy, I mean that aged and rugged looking wrapper with little bumps all over it.

This Black Pearl Rojo itself smells of something floral, nice and light, but doesn’t promise much.  Pre-light inhaling gave me an easy draw, but again not much else.  Maybe a little something to tickle the back of the throat, but not peppery in the traditional sense.

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I’m pairing this one today with a dark coffee and Clown Shoes Beer – the Clown Shoes is something new to me, but I chose it because of the ginger and other tea inspired flavorings.  Works pretty damn well, much better than the coffee.

It’s a bit early to be drinking a 10% beer, but you know what?  #YOLO and all that jazz.

Alright, so what’s the deal with this Black Pearl Rojo?  Well, initially it has that great Criollo wrapper taste.  Distinct yet not overwhelming.  La Perla Habana Black Pearl ash2

That’s the first 1/2 inch, enjoy it while it lasts!  It’s my favorite, but it’s gone in a flash.  Oh well.

It has a nice white ash, but the structure doesn’t hold like some of the other sticks.  I’ve ashed on myself twice in the last 20 minutes working on the first 1/2 of this stogie.

As I begin to hit the second half (thirds are for cigars with more stamina lol) of the Black Pearl Rojo, I’m noticing that it’s just extremely consistent.  It’s burning faster than I prefer, but the heat isn’t changing the flavor profile in the slightest.  Once I thought it was about to, when I drew a thick drag, but it felt more like coffee than that tar or bitter taste that’s usually accompanied by the heat.

This is definitely a mild-medium bodied cigar with a corresponding strength.  I’ve read elsewhere that it’s a med-full bodied stick but I disagree like that person that wants ketchup on their burger but gets mustard, and has no shame holding up the drive-thru.

La Perla Habana Black Pearl Rojo Ash3

Throughout the entirety of this stick I’m pulling that Criollo sweetness, with an almost cedary presence every great now and then.  Complex?  Hell naw!  Consistency is key with this Black Pearl Rojo.

If you feel like blowing it through the nose with a retrohale you’ll be surprised with a little leatheriness on the last 1/2 of this stogie.  And if you can make it to the last 1 1/2 inch of the stick, forget about it for a little while, relight it, hit it again, you’ll find that same leather waiting on you.   😉

Great draw, nice and even burn, ash that’ll fall in your lap, and the stamina of an 18 year old jock.

Would I buy this stick again?  You know I’m gonna!  Would I recommend it?  At $2 a piece, most definitely.  If you’re paying the $100+ retail on a box, hell no Brochacho.  If you’re having trouble finding them on the cheap, email me at and I’ll point you in the right direction.


What are your thoughts on the Black Pearl Rojo?

Black Pearl Rojo
8.7 Reviewer
8.4 Cigar Noise Network (1 vote)

Won't break the bank

Consistently good


Burns fast and hot

Lap-ash is gonna happen

This has been my go-to cheap stick for a long time. It's easy to find for $2-3 per stick, and makes great giveaway cigars or quick smokes.
What Other Folks Are Saying: 1 Make some Noise
Great Go-to
This has been my go-to cigar for the last few months. Always try to keep a few in my humidor. I usually opt to go with the punch cut with the robusto. Great nut and cocoa notes. Ive never had an issue with burn either. For the price you cant complain about much, especially with a 90 rating.
March 16, 2016, 1:37 am
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Identifying as a Cigar Enthusiast more than an Aficionado, I enjoy trying new cigars and attempting to annotate my experience. Disclosure: As of June 2017, I began writing for and will no longer be reviewing SBC exclusives
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